Glover has served on the Arnold School faculty for 19 years
January 22, 2010
Dr. Saundra Glover, associate dean for health disparities and social justice in the Arnold School of Public Health, is the faculty recipient of the 2010 Martin Luther King Day Social Justice Award.
The Social Justice Award is presented annually to a USC faculty member, a student and a staff member who have exemplified the philosophies of the late civil rights leader through random or ongoing acts of community service, social justice or racial reconciliation.
Glover was recognized at the university’s recent MLK Day breakfast, together with student winner Anna Walton, a biology/Spanish major, and staff winner Pamela Robinson, director of the Pro Bono Program in the School of Law.
Glover, who has been on the Arnold School faculty for 19 years, was lauded for her “consistent commitment to educational outreach and research aimed at eliminating disparities.”
Glover also is director of the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities (IPEHD) and associate director of the S.C. Rural Health Research Center.
Her research interests include:
- Center of Excellence in Cancer and HIV Research, a $7.5 million, 5-year partnership between the University of South Carolina and Claflin University to eliminate health disparities in HIV/AIDS and cancer in the Palmetto State.
- Ft. Jackson Identifying Health Barriers Project, a $1.1 million contract with the Department of Defense to examine attrition rates in military recruits.
- Project MATCH (Mobilizing Against Threats of Community Health), a program comprising the Arnold School, the American Public Health Association and Michigan State University, to address the convergence of animal health and public health issues.
Glover was jointly successful in securing approval of a $7.2 million Center of Economic Excellence in Prostate Cancer with two lead investigators from the Medical University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University.
Last month, Glover and research colleague Dr. Heather Brandt reported that African-American women in South Carolina are 37 percent more likely to have cervical cancer than white women and have a death rate that is about 61 percent higher. The findings were reported in a series of articles in the December issue of the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.